During a post-game press conference, JH said he was expressing his frustration to Gard about a late-game timeout he'd taken -- at which point, Gard started to touch him in a way that Howard felt was totally unnecessary.
Sounds like he's claiming self-defense -- but the fact is ... he took the swipe well after Gard was removed from the situation. Many suspect a suspension against Howard is forthcoming.
Juwan Howard got physical with another coach after his team’s bitter loss in a basketball game ... kickstarting an ugly fight.
The University of Michigan’s men’s basketball head coach got into it Sunday while shaking hands with the opposing team ... the Wisconsin Badgers, who beat Juwan’s Wolverines 77-63 in a hard-fought game.
While UoW’s HC, Greg Gard, approached JH in the lineup ... he appeared to get snubbed by the latter -- which made him start to get in Juwan’s face, as the two of them began yapping back and forth.
Soon, it became clear this was going beyond words ... as other coaches and players had to rush between them to break up a head face-off. Juwan wasn’t done yet though ... in an apparent effort to reach Gard, he took what looked to be an open-hand swing at one of the Wisconsin assistant coaches, and made contact. It was all caught on camera, of course.